I do not have a green thumb.
I do have a large yard that takes lots of mowing to keep weeds under control. I also have friends who are helping me learn to garden in Hawaii.
I do not have enough time.
I do need to spend time to exercise daily (so that I can eat everything I love!).
I do not like my large water bills every 2 months.
I should not be spending the money watering something that give little return.
I do not have a lot of money to spend on landscaping.
I am looking for reasonable return on my investment. This will hopefully be both in lower grocery bills and increasing the value of my home.
I don’t want my garden to be ugly…today I would definitely put it in that category.
The CHALLENGE: ( I really don’t know if this can be done but I am committing to trying it!) I commit to the following:
- I will work to enhance my “edible garden” while removing grass and ornamental plants.
- I will spend 15-60 minutes in the garden each day. If the weather makes this impossible, I’ll spend time planning, recording or gardening on my lanai.
- I will limit spending on garden to $50 per month for amendments, starts, seeds and anything else that is needed.
- I will record my harvests, spending, water bill, successes and failures in my personal blog.
- I will use organic and sustainable practices to the extent possible. I am growing food that is known to do well here in tropical climates.
- I will donate any unusable items to local food banks and charities.
This afternoon is sunny after several days of rain – perfect time for digging up beds. I just used my Christmas gift certificate from my parents to buy a chain saw. In many places a chain saw is not required gardening equipment but in Maui it is! I recently had to have my fence cleaned off and repaired as it had 12 years of vines pulling it down. I still have most the rubbish in the yard. Like a 40 foot x 4 foot high pile! Some will be composted and some will have to go to the yard-waste recycling center. I like the idea of using some of it as rough mulch.
I am starting with 3 small garden areas, 2 mango trees, a banana tree, an avocado (never produced anything) tree, kalamansi tree, a pumelo and what someone tells me is a carob tree.
I have a lot of grass with weeds. I live in North Kihei where it is very windy, hot and dry. I have about 3″ of top soil and then it is red sand. At least digging is easy except the occasional rock. My yard varies between overgrown and barren!
Can I transform my garden? One thing I’ve done is to sign up for Master Gardener training. It is a big commitment of time but something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m still working on a plan. My lanai is my incubator for starts an it looks pretty good.
I challenge others to make this year the year of the garden. For you who are in colder climates, start planning now. Get those seeds started indoors. Share your stories and tips. All will be on my personal blog…